Sidewalks are where Oaklanders get exercise, walk to daily needs, wait for the bus, and talk with neighbors. They are one of the most important pieces of Oakland’s transportation network, and it’s essential that they’re kept well-maintained and accessible for everyone. Damaged sidewalks create trip hazards for your neighbors and visitors, and are a liability for property owners. Safer sidewalks benefit all pedestrians.
The City of Oakland has approximately 1,100 miles of sidewalks – the distance from Oakland to El Paso, Texas! Most of our sidewalks are in satisfactory condition, but there’s still work to be done to address damaged sidewalks.
Property owners in Oakland are responsible for repairing damaged sidewalks adjacent to their property. In some limited instances, the damage may be caused by a tree that has been recorded by the City as an official City tree. In these instances, the City is responsible for repairing the damage.
If the sidewalk is damaged on your property, you may receive a Notice to Repair issued by the City. If you receive this letter, you must repair the sidewalk within 30 days.
Sidewalk Permits from the City are required for sidewalk repairs larger than 25 square feet. A licensed contractor should perform all other repairs. Permits can be obtained at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612 or online at www.oaklandca.gov/topics/engineering-services.